Subject: Storage | February 23, 2012 - 03:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Octane, Indilinx Everest, Octane 128GB, ocz, 6gbps
The trade offs with SSDs are a little harsh compared to HDDs, where size does not impact performance to a large degree only the physical location of the data. The price per gigabyte tends to be a little higher than larger models but again is relatively close. With an SSD you not only take a noticeable hit to performance with the smaller models you also pay a big premium on the price per gigabyte. That said, some people simply cannot afford $300+ for an SSD over 200GB.
For those who want SSD performance for a reasonable price of admission, the 128GB OCZ Octane is worthy of consideration. There have been no reports of drive failure but at the same time The Tech Report could only find 10 user reviews so it is possible that the sample size is too small to make a definitive conclusion. If you don't draw that conclusion the Octane becomes a little less attractive as competitor's drives tend to be cheaper to buy, even if you lose 8GB of space. Check out the full review before you go shopping for a small SSD.
"We were impressed by OCZ's Indilinx-powered Octane SSD when we reviewed the 512GB version last year. Now, we have the 128GB model in-house to see if the Octane's appeal extends to the sweet spot."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Intel SSD 520 240GB @ X-bit Labs
- OCZ Octane 512 GB @ X-bit Labs
- Kingston SSDNow 200V+ 120GB @ Bjorn3D
- OCZ Octane 512GB Review @ OCC
- RunCore Pro V Max 120GB SATA III SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD Review @ HCW
- Intel 520 240GB SSD RAID 0 Performance Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Intel 520 Series 240GB @ Tweaktown
- MyDigitalSSD DDR2 Super Cache 32GB mSATA Solid State Drive @ Tweaktown
- Runcore ProV Max 120GB SSD @ SSD Review
- OCZ RevoDrive 3 - 120GB PCIe SSD @ Funky Kit
- Silverstone Treasure TS06 External Enclosure @ Pro-Clockers
- 500GB Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-Portable Hard Drive Review @ PCSTATS
- QNAP TS-879U-RP NAS Rack Server @ Benchmark Reviews
- Silvestone DC01 Data Center NAS @ Metku
- Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-Portable Hard Drive Review @ PCSTATS
- HighPoint 2720SGL RocketRAID Controller @ SSD Review
- LSI MegaRAID SAS 9265-8i RAID Controller @ Tweaktown
Subject: Storage | December 12, 2011 - 11:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ocz, Octane, Octane 512GB, Indilinx Everest, Indilinx Barefoot, ssd, sata 6Gbs
As has been covered on the front page before, OCZ is making their new Octane lineup of SSDs a little confusing for the enthusiast. If you are not careful you can end up with the non-SATA 6Gbs S2 model. The new Octane series does offer an advantage to those using non-compressible data, the Indilinx controller does not do the same compression technique which SandForce uses which will make the performance of this drive consistent regardless of the data being manipulated. As you might expect Legit Reviews testing does see the top speeds of the new Octane lagging behind SandForce based drives in some cases but the overall performance is neck and neck with Intel as they also do not compress data. Check out the full review to see a return to Indilinx and a renewal of competition for SandForce controllers.
"It's interesting to see how OCZ is marketing these Octane new Solid State Drives. They are 'Indilinx infused' vesrus 'SandForce driven'. Indilinx drives have nDurance technology while SandForce has DuraClass technology. I can't help but be reminded of the movie Coming To America where Cleo McDowell comments on his feud with McDonald's: "Look... me and the McDonald's people got this little misunderstanding. See, they're McDonald's... I'm McDowell's. They got the Golden Arches, mine is the Golden Arcs. They got the Big Mac, I got the Big Mick. We both got two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions, but their buns have sesame seeds. My buns have no seeds..."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Corsair Force GT Series 240 GB and Corsair Force 3 Series 240 GB Solid State Drives @ X-bit Labs
- Samsung 830 SATA III 6Gbps 128GB SSD @ XSReviews
- Silicon Power Velox V30 60 GB SSD @ techPowerUp
- Samsung 830 SATA3 SSD 256GB @ OC3D
- Patriot Pyro SE 120GB & 240GB Review @ OCC
- ADATA S510 120GB Solid State Drive @ kitguru
- Patriot Pyro SE Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
- SSD Components and Make Up - An SSD Primer @ The SSD Review
- Kingston Earth Angel USB Drive @ HardwareBistro
- SilverStone RVS02 SATA Enclosure @ Phoronix
- G-Technology G-DRIVE Mobile HDD @ Tweaktown
- QNAP TurboNAS TS-419P II NAS Server Review @ Real World Labs
- Synology DS212 NAS Review @ Tech-Reviews
- Cyberlink Power2Go Review @ Hi Tech Legion
Subject: Storage | December 6, 2011 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Octane, ssd, sata 6Gps, ocz, Octane 512GB, Indilinx Everest
If you are looking at OCZ SSDs and are considering the Octane line, please bear in mind that the S2 model which is selling for less than the non-S2 model is a SATA 3Gbp/s drive not a new 6Gb/s capable drive. The testing done at The Tech Report was on the 6Gbp/s model and they compared this Indilinx Everest powered SSD against a variety of competing SSDs. The drive comes with a 3 year warranty and comes in 128GB, 256GB, the 512GB model The Tech Report reviewed as well as a 1TB model which will cost a pretty penny. If you do choose a smaller drive, remember that the reduced channel count will make the drive perform more slowly than the larger models.
"OCZ bought SSD controller maker Indilinx earlier this year, and the first product of that acquisition is now out. Join us for a look at the Octane SSD and its new Everest controller."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 240 GB Review @ OCC
- Patriot Pyro SE 120GB @ Tweaktown
- Intel SSD 520 Series 'Sandforce Driven' SSD Close To Release @ The SSD Review
- Crucial m4 256GB SATA 6Gbit/s SSD Review @ Techgage
- OCZ RevoDrive 3 PCI-Express SSD Review @ OCIA
- Kingston HyperX 240GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers
- Samsung 830 Series 512GB SSD @ kitguru
- NVELO Dataplex SSD Cache Tested With 7 mSATA SSDS @ The SSD Review
- Seagate 750GB Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Drive Review @ PCSTATS
- Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Gen 2 (ST750LX003) @ Bjorn3D
- Silverstone Treasure TS04 2.5" USB 3.0 Drive @ circuitREMIX
- SilverStone Raven RVS02 External USB 3.0 HDD / SSD Enclosure Review @ Legit Reviews
- Synology DiskStation DS212j and DS212+ @ Legion Hardware
- QNAP TS-419P II NAS Network Storage Server @ Benchmark Reviews
- Synology DiskStation DS212j NAS Server Review @ Real World Labs
- Increase RAID Rebuild / rsync Performance for QNAP NAS @ Computing on Demand
- IOCELL NetDISK 351UNE Network Storage Device @ Benchmark Reviews
- Silicon Power Diamond D05 750GB USB 3.0 @ techPowerUp
Subject: Storage | October 20, 2011 - 10:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Indilinx Everest, Octane, sata 6Gbs, sata, ssd, ocz
SAN JOSE, CA - Oct. 20, 2011 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs), today launched the Indilinx Everest-based Octane SATA 3.0 and SATA 2.0 SSD series, striking the ideal balance between capacity, physical size, and speed. In addition to being the world's first SSD to achieve up to a 1TB capacity in a compact 2.5 inch format, OCZ's Octane SSD series combines high-speed data transfer rates with record-breaking access times to provide a superior user experience and improved application performance.
"OCZ has reached an important milestone in the development of its own controller technology," said James E. Bagley, Senior Analyst with Storage Strategies NOW. "The high sustained performance, even with compressed files, the rapid boot feature and high access speeds using SATA 3.0 protocol puts their controller technology in the major league."
"Until now SSDs have been tailored for specific applications, forcing users into a product which maximizes performance for a narrow band of applications, but is significantly lacking in others," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. "The Octane Series solves this problem by providing the highest level of performance across varied workloads including mixed file sizes and mixed compressible and uncompressible data, all while nearly doubling NAND flash endurance."
The Octane series leverages the cutting-edge Indilinx Everest platform to deliver up to 560MB/s of bandwidth and 45,000 IOPS and is optimized for the complete spectrum of file types and sizes. In particular, the Octane's proprietary page mapping algorithms allow for steady mixed-workload performance, mirroring real world conditions across a wide range of applications. The Octane series also includes a number of advanced features unique to Indilinx, including innovative latency reduction technology, enabling both read and write access times as low as 0.06ms and 0.09ms respectively, the lowest of any commercially available SSD. This enhances application responsiveness and enables features such as "fast boot" in consumer applications.
Octane SSDs also come equipped with Indilinx's proprietary NDurance™ technology, increasing the lifespan of the NAND flash memory, ensuring the most consistent and reliable performance as well as minimizing performance degradation even after the drive's storage capacity is highly utilized. In addition, Octane series drives support AES and automatic encryption to secure critical data.
Octane Product Features:
- Dual Core CPU
- Up to 512MB DRAM cache
- 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB models
- High sequential speeds: Octane (SATA 3.0) Read: 560MB/s; Write: 400MB/s Octane-S2 (SATA 2.0) Read: 275MB/s; Write: 265MB/s
- High transactional performance
- Optimized for 4K to 16K compressed files Octane (SATA 3.0) 45,000 random read 4K IOPS Octane-S2 (SATA 2.0) 30,000 random read 4K IOPS
- Industry-low latency: Read: 0.06ms; Write: 0.09ms
- Strong performance at low queue depths (QD 1 – 3)
- Up to 8 channels with up to 16-way Interleaving
- Advanced BCH ECC engine enabling more than 70 bits correction capability per 1KB of data
- Proprietary NDurance Technology: increases NAND life up to 2X of the rated P/E cycles
- Efficient NAND Flash management: Dynamic and static wear-leveling, and background garbage collection
- Boot time reduction optimizations
- NCQ support up to 32 queue depth - End-to-end data protection
- TRIM support
- Industry standard SMART reporting
The OCZ Octane SSD Series will be available November 1st in models ranging from 128GB-1TB capacities throughout OCZ's global channel.
Subject: General Tech | July 26, 2011 - 09:03 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, ocz, arm, tlc, sata 6Gps, Indilinx Everest
OCZ is never satisfied with the performance of their SSDs in general and their controllers specifically. After purchasing Indilinx to ensure that their controllers would be of high quality and designed to OCZ's specific needs, they've now been pushing Indilinx to improve on their controllers. That has lead to Everest, which has a dual core ARM processor and 400MHz DDR3 cache that can support up to 512MB. The controller is optimized for 8K writes which is perfect for the current flash utilized in SSDs. OCZ has also optimized the flash memory, developing Triple Level Cell (TLC) which has three layers as opposed to MLC which sports two. The controller will be backwards compatible, which is a good idea if OCZ wants to license the controller to other manufacturers, which makes sense as Everest should hit 200MT/s as compared to SandForce's current 166MT/s. There is more that this controller can do, click on over to The Register to read about it.
"OCZ is sampling a new flash controller that gives a picture of future solid state drives.
The company bought Indilinx for its solid state drive (SSD) controller technology in March this year and has now unveiled the Indilinx Everest controller platform.
It has a 6Gbit/s SATA III interface, a dual-core ARM processor and a number of enticing features, such as 3-bit multi-level cell (MLC) support. This is going to be called TLC, for triple-level cell, to distinguish it from today's MLC, which is 2-bit MLC."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Intel says it competes with Qualcomm not ARM @ The Inquirer
- Mozilla is developing a mobile operating system @ The Inquirer
- Running high-performance neural networks on a "gamer" GPU @ Ars Technica
- The Isostick @ Hack a Day
- Lawn warfare: Light Strike brings laser tag back home @ Ars Technica
- JMicron develops SATA 6Gbps controller IC for SSDs @ DigiTimes
- The TR Podcast 92: Fusion, the cloud, and dongles galore
- Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Review @ TechReviewSource
- Real World Labs And A.C.Ryan Joint Contest
Subject: Storage | July 20, 2011 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ocz, Indilinx, Indilinx Everest, sata 6Gps, ssd
SAN JOSE, CA - July 20, 2011 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today unveiled the Indilinx Everest SATA 3.0 SSD platform. The Everest platform features support of 6Gbps interface speeds, high transactional performance that is optimized for compressed files, and maximum capacities up to 1TB.
"The new Indilinx Everest platform is a complete customizable solution that delivers superior storage performance, features, and capabilities designed to exceed the needs of the most demanding SSD applications," said Bumsoo Kim, President of Indilinx. "Combining a 6Gbps SATA Revision 3.0 host interface, a dual-core CPU, and support for the latest, most advanced NAND Flash memory technology available, Everest offers SSD manufacturers unparallel flexibility in optimizing their designs for both performance and cost."
As a true next generation solution the new Indilinx Everest platform includes a complete spectrum of enhanced capabilities including:
Supports Next Generation Flash Technologies
The Everest Platform supports state-of-the-art, Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND components and next generation three bit per cell NAND Flash. The ability to leverage Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND Flash with proprietary Everest and Indilinx Ndurance Technology provides customers with significant cost reductions associated with moving to the new process.
Advanced Architecture Optimized for High Speed and Density
The Everest Platform features the only controller to support 200 mega transfers per second (MT/s) synchronous-mode flash, up over the 166 MT/s supported by other NAND Flash controllers. Everest supports 1TB capacities in a single controller SSD design with current generation Flash components. Its innovative eight channel design with up to 16-way interleaving for maximum performance, supports full data path and power fail protection to deliver best-in-class data integrity and reliability for enterprise applications.
Everest's leading-edge design delivers high sequential speeds up to 500MB/s and is optimized for small file writes at the 8K file size with next generation page mapping technology, which increases transactional performance optimized for 4K to 16K compressed files , by matching file sizes to the 8K page size typical in newer generation NAND Flash.
Enhanced Boot Time
Indilinx's new boot time reduction algorithms can be configured to decrease system boot time by up to 50% over existing SSD controller architectures for customers that require faster boot times and an instant-on experience in their applications. This provides the real world benefits users seek from their storage solutions and enables quicker access and greater responsiveness, allowing clients to take full advantage of solid state storage as a boot device.
Indilinx Everest Platform Complete Feature-Set:
- SATA Revision 3.0 - Supports 6Gbps, 3Gbps, and 1.5Gbps interface speeds
- Dual Core ARM CPU
- 1TB Maximum Capacity
- High Sequential Speeds
- High Transactional Performance - Optimized for 4K to 16K Compressed Files
- Up to 8 Channels of ONFI 2.0/Toggle 1.0 Flash at up to 200MT/s with up to 16-way Interleaving
- Advanced BCH ECC engine - over 70 bits per defined sector
- 400MHz DDR3 DRAM Cache Interface with Support for up to 512MB
- Proprietary Ndurance Technology
- Enhanced Power Fail Protection
- Supports up to 1xnm Node NAND Flash with 1, 2, or 3 bits per cell
- Efficient NAND Flash Management - Dynamic and Static Wear-Leveling, and Background Garbage Collection
- Boot Time Reduction Optimizations - Collaborative Platform Development
- NCQ Support up to 32 Queue Depth
- End-to-End Data Protection
- TRIM Support
- Numerous Over-Provisioning Options
- Industry Standard SMART Reporting